Kindergarten teacher charged with threatening to shoot students, teacher

A Nashville daycare was put on lockdown earlier this week after a teacher threatened students and another employee, authorities said.

On April 18, Sheneca Cowart was arrested by Nashville police for allegedly threatening a colleague at The Academy of McCrory Lane, according to a police news release.

Cowart, 29, was taken into custody by the Rapid School Safety Team at the kindergarten, and witnesses told police she threatened another teacher and the school after an argument.

She also threatened to “retrieve a firearm,” authorities said.

Cowart was charged with assault, threatening mass violence at a school and two counts of carrying a weapon on school property, according to police, who said they recovered a gun from her purse.

A second firearm was found by police in the driver’s side of her car, authorities said.

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It was alleged that Cowart made threats, including: “If I start shooting, you better run,” a teacher told police, local newspaper WSMV reported, citing authorities.

She also claimed she had a gun “on her” and threatened to “shoot up” the daycare, the newspaper said.

According to a police report obtained by WSMV, Cowart denied the claims and denied pointing a gun at her.

A police car (image).


Cowart is being held by Nashville Metro Police in lieu of $37,000 bail.

It is not immediately clear if she has legal representation to comment on her behalf.